Artist Project Grade 8 English. Mrs. Tang Spring 2010
Mrs. Tang’s English Class
For this project you will come to know one recognized visual artist very well. After surveying a wide range of art and artists, you will choose one artist whose work you would like to explore. Through your focus on this artist’s work, you will learn to “see” through a different lens and to express yourself in a new and creative way.
Survey artists by reviewing 10 artists; pick three artists you would like to pursue
Receive the go-ahead by Mrs.Tang prior to starting the project
Research the artist’s background (life and works)
Work on your own contemporary, original artwork which mimics your chosen artist’s style and preferred themes
Share your original artwork, significant information about your artist’s life and work, and your thoughts on the process of creating the art and the connections between your work and the artist’s work (oral presentation/PowerPoint)
Submit on the day of your oral presentation a typed outline of the talking points of your presentation
Deliverables and Due Dates
Artist Project Survey ______________Friday May 28________
Final Choice of Artist ______________Tuesday June 1_______
Written Background of Artist ______________Thursday June 3______
Original Contemporary Artwork ______________Monday June 7_______
Oral Presentation and Talking Points ____June 7____ through ___June 11___
Artist Project Mrs. Tang . English. Class. Written Background of Artist You are required to do thorough research into the life of the artist you have chosen. Addressing the topics that follow should provide you with a deeper understanding and appreciation of your artist’s life and work in order to produce an original work in the style of the artist and to make an effective oral presentation . Due date: ____________________________________________________ Format: Typed, 12 point font, outline format (headings and bullet points) Outline of requirements: Name: ______________________________________ Date: __________________________
Title: Artist’s Name
Key Personal Events
Identify key personal events in artist’s life and explain how these events shaped the artist’s subject matter and style
Key Historical Events
Identify key social and historical factors and events that affected the artist’s subject matter and style
Influence of the Art World
Outline the art world’s influence on the artist’s work
Outline the artist’s influence on the art world
List and briefly explain four major stylistic traits of the artist. Include and briefly explain examples of where they can be found in specific works. The examples should come from at least three separate artworks. When citing the artwork, be sure to include title and date.
What grade would you give this student? Grade: _______________________
Mrs. Tang . English. Class.
You are required to produce an original piece of art incorporating the stylistic traits of the artist you have chosen. Your art is not intended to be a replica of an already existing piece (i.e., do not copy your artist’s work!). Ensure that the following criteria is met:
If possible, create an original piece of art modeling your artist in media (substitute acrylic paint for oils)
Produce a piece that incorporates at least four stylistic traits of your artist such as use of composition; color, light, and shadow; perspective; subject matter; and line. Title your piece.
Note: Your grade will not be based on how good of an artist you are, rather how well you meet the criteria stated above.
Due date for original artwork: _________________________________________________
After your Original Artwork is complete, you will be required to present your piece and artist to the class. Your presentation should be approximately 10 minutes in length, and include the information listed below. PowerPoint is required. The Talking Points paper should be a typed, detailed outline of what you will discuss in your presentation. The combination of both these pieces will equal a project grade.
Title Page – include “Artist’s Project” and name of your artist, followed by your name, date, my name, “8 th Grade English”
Background of artists – from your Written Background, summarize your artist’s personal background. Help your audience “get to know” your artist
Your Artwork/Stylistic Connections – Present your Original Artwork and thoroughly explain the specific stylistic connections between your artwork and that of your artist
Reflection Analysis – Discuss 1) most challenging or interesting part of producing your artwork, 2) principal strengths and weaknesses of your art and explain why, 3) what you have learned in producing your artwork.
Conclusion – Any closing remarks you would like to add, or summary of key points.
Note: It would be most effective in your PowerPoint presentation if you were able to show the pieces from the artist which inspired your original artwork. This information should be discussed before you present your Original Artwork.
Due date for Talking Points: ______________________________________________________
Date of Oral Presentation: ___ _____________________________________________________